Study finds decrease in grade repetition, increase in high school graduation among Manitoba youth

October 11, 2012

According to a new report from the University of Manitoba's medical school, Manitoba children have been making some gains in health and social outcomes. Among the improvements are a 10% decrease in teen pregnancy rates, a 29% decrease in grade repetition, and a 7% increase in secondary school graduation. Researchers found that children from poor areas performed worse in school. The highest percentage of children who performed poorly were from the lowest income regions. That said, the research found differences in educational outcomes were not as great as those observed in areas of health. The study found that children from low income areas had higher rates of hospitalization and involvement with child welfare services and teen pregnancy. uManitoba News Release | Report